17. Ethics


Ethics, ethics, f-fix!

As of late, I’ve been trying to be more ethically conscious in what I do and what I consume, and what I’ve noticed is that I really need to work on committing to my belief system!

I’ve been giving clothes away to charity for a number of years, but not actively purchasing secondhand myself, which is pretty bad. To make matters worse, I often think about buying secondhand but end up buying new, to the point where I’m feeding consumerist culture and accumulating too much. This is exactly what I don’t wish to do and I’d like to cut back on that habit.

Minimalism

This leads me on to the first of many documentaries that I’ve watched recently, aptly titled Minimalism. Its principle of keeping the essentials is a bit of a reach for me, but it struck a chord nonetheless. The ideas presented link well with what is commonly known as the KonMari method, which has lead me to taking inspiration from the two sources. I can undeniably say that I could easily reduce my clothing collection, however in order to truly declutter I’d need full reigns on the house, which isn’t possible when living with parents. I enjoy living in clear spaces, free of clutter and dissatisfying junk and I aspire to have that in my future environment.

Greatest Speech Ever

The second video/documentary that I watched was Gary Yourofsky’s Greatest Speech Ever on YouTube. I’d been planning to watch it for around two years now (I recall both Ellen Fisher and Essena O’Neill recommending it), so I’m very glad that I finally found the time to watch it! His approach is a tad blunt, yet at the same time necessary for spreading the message of eating a diet free from animal products. The use of shock tactics in sections was also very effective in causing me to rethink my choices, in that I couldn’t bare to watch the slaughter of a cow by its throat, or see animals being stunned and tortured “just because”. If I don’t have it in me to kill an animal for food, then why on earth am I consuming it? It just puzzles me how separated we’ve become culturally from the source of our foods, as we pick up plastic wrapped slabs of meat in the local supermarket. It stops us from focusing on the true background of where the foods we consume come from.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 1 & 2

My third (and fourth) documentary watched was¬†Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 1 & 2 by Joe Cross. This was the most casual of the documentaries that I’ve watched recently, but also the most publicly relatable in terms of its hybridity. I loved how they used animations in both films to present scientific information, as it contributed to informing me on general biology, as well as making me want to listen on to see Joe and Phil’s progress. It’s very much an inspirational documentary in that you come away wanting to try and incorporate juicing into your diet, but more importantly wanting to eat more plant based foods, not only for your sake but also for the sake of the planet.


But where does this leave me?

Currently it leaves me wanting to continue watching, learning and growing. I still plan to watch Vegucated, Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives and Paleo to further my education on how to live and consume ethically. Despite almost everything I’ve recently watched being primarily vegan, I feel it’s only fair if I look into a meat eater’s perspective for a balanced argument. It just baffles me how we can eat meat without thinking of how it made it to our plates, in the same way that we don’t think about where our material goods have come from and what it took to get them here.

To summarise:

  • Donate clothing to charity

  • Give excess food to food banks

  • Buy secondhand as much as possible

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